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Pesto Tortellini Salad

Make your summer parties extra delicious with a big bowl of this pesto tortellini salad! Made with salami, artichoke hearts, fresh mozzarella balls and sun-dried tomatoes, this easy pasta salad is the perfect side dish for serving a crowd, and everyone will love the fresh flavor the pesto adds to every bite. Plus, this cheesy tortellini pasta salad recipe only requires five ingredients and takes about 20 minutes to prepare — this will be your go-to pasta salad for all summer parties.
Course Salads
Cuisine American-Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 417kcal


  • Large pot
  • Strainer
  • Large mixing bowl


  • 20 ounces fresh cheese tortellini not the dried variety
  • 1 cup pesto homemade or store-bought
  • 1 cup quartered artichoke hearts fresh, canned or frozen
  • 1 cup salami cut into strips
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes cut into strips
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella balls
  • ½ lemon juiced, optional
  • Drizzle of balsamic vinegar optional


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high to high heat. Add the fresh tortellini and cook according to the package instructions. Strain the tortellini and rinse with cold water until the tortellini becomes at least room temperature.
  • Add the tortellini to a large bowl with the pesto, artichoke hearts, salami, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh mozzarella balls.
  • Stir until combined and coated with pesto. Refrigerate to chill and allow the flavors to meld, at least four hours if possible. If desired, squeeze fresh lemon juice on top or drizzle with balsamic vinegar before serving. Enjoy!


  • Make sure you plan ahead to give the salad time to chill.
  • Don't skip the rinsing step. Not only does this help chill our tortellini, but it rinses off the starch to keep the pasta from turning gummy in the refrigerator.
  • You can store it in an airtight container for three to four days ahead of serving.
  • Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Serving: 1side serving | Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 957mg | Potassium: 427mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 597IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 216mg | Iron: 3mg